Injured Millers finds a vital point…
Supersub Georgie Kelly maintained his knack for scoring important goals for Rotherham United, and his second-half equalizer came in as champions-elect Burnley were forced to put their champagne on the ice with a deficit. Scored an important point for Matt Taylor’s team in their quest for Skybet Championship survival.- Hot AESSEAL New York Stadium.
Injury-stricken Millers showed all their fighting qualities, including running back Burnley twice thanks to an own goal and heroics from Kerry in the last minute. The result was even more memorable as an injury to Josh Vickers gave youngster Robby Hemphrey, who played in the second half, a fire baptism for his inter-stick competitive debut.
Following the weekend’s reversal at the hands of Luton Town, Taylor made four changes to his starting lineup for the visit of the domineering Clarets.
Experience was key to the home’s hopes as club skipper Richard Wood returned to the starting line-up and Shane Ferguson was also recalled.
Cohen Bramall was also given a chance to impress while Domingos Kina was given his first start in Miller’s Colors.
Taylor was also given a pre-match boost when Ben Wiles was deemed fit to take up a spot on the home bench after a long-term ankle injury.
The already-promoted Lancasters entered the AESSEAL New York Stadium clash knowing they could lift the Sky Bet Championship if they could beat Sheffield United’s result.
With the home side looking to line up in a 4-3-2-1 formation, Kina was called upon to play the role of playmaker alongside Kiezy Ogbene and support lone frontman Jordan Hugill. .
Anas Zarowry rampaged down the left flank and planted a cross that was only half-cleared by Cameron Humphries, before the ball fell gently to Conor Roberts in a rush. Low effort saved by Josh Vickers leg.
Zaroury was in the midst of early action, with the Qatar World Cup-bound Moroccan midfielder having his center deflected back after catching a top-over from Roberts.
The home side had a notable first attack when Ferguson threw in his first cross from Quina’s pass.
From the resulting corner Ferguson curled a beautiful ball into a dangerous area and from the ensuing clearance Jamie Lindsey harmlessly volleyed outside the target.
Vincent Kompagny’s team showed a little overconfidence when Marzen overhit a backpass. When Bailey Peacock Farrell nervously backtracked, he dribbled outside the goal before a poor corner from Kina released the pressure on the visitors.
Zaroury was looking for a source of danger in Claret. After leading Lee Peltier into a merry dance, he clipped a cross and Roberts shot over the home bar after Vitinho turned his head towards goal.
The visitors gradually increased the tempo and broke the deadlock in a clinical manner 30 minutes ago.
No danger to Millers until Roberts clips an attractive cross and Twine (an old foe from the MK Dons collar) showed great composure with a left-footed volley and found the corner of the net to give Millers a chance. It seemed almost non-existent.
The Millers rattled visibly after the first goal, and a defensive upset saw Vickers play No Man’s Land.
The visitors had some control over the game, initially Johan Gudmundsson blocked a shot, Josh Cullen blocked a shot, the ball hit Lindsay just inside the box, and then handballs from visiting players and fans. cried out.
Nevertheless, Taylor’s side went into the break on level terms when Burnley were once again guilty of playing too much at the back as Rotherham forced a corner kick.
Ferguson put the ball again at sixpence with his left-footed cane and another delicious delivery under Burnley’s crossbar. I just couldn’t do it. He threw the ball against one of his own players and it fell into the back of the Burnley net, first surprising all those on the ground.
The home side finished the half strong, with Marzen first seeing the yellow for a hefty challenge to Ogbene before Ferguson’s set-piece was scrambled to safety in the final act of the half.
Half-time: Rotherham United 1 Burnley 1
Taylor were forced to make a forced change at half-time after Vickers struggled in the second half and Rotherham’s stopper was unable to continue. Second 45.
The Millers boss also made a tactical switch with Kelly replacing Hughill.
Hemfrey got off to a confident start as he saved with his foot from Gudmundsson’s early shot before grabbing Vitinho’s cross on his second attempt.
Kerry was also impressing right off the bench when he met Peltier’s cross, but his volley went straight down Peacock Farrell’s throat.
Hemfrey springs into action again when he skillfully smothers Gudmundsson’s snapshot.
Millers fans were doing their best to raise the decibel level to support their team and the young keeper.
The 21-year-old Scottish goalkeeper proved his worth on his debut, straightening up to parry Roberts’ drive safely before collecting Jordan Beyer’s point-blank header on his own line following a Gudmundsson corner. stood up.
Claret skipper Cullen then luckily escaped sanctions for Quina’s scissor tackle, but Peacock Farrell plucked Bramall’s resulting free kick out of the sky.
Bramall lucked out with another delivery filled by Kelly’s head, Peacock Farrell easily collected his efforts, but Kina was given a card worthy of a reckless challenge on Twine.
Millers were horrified when Gudmundsson narrowly headed in after Roberts’ touchline cross, and when Twine shot over goal from sub Manuel Benson’s slide-rule pass.
Hemfrey successfully acquitted himself between the sticks and displayed excellent reflexes to block Roberts’ close-range efforts.
With the game balanced, Burnley only half cleared Subwes Harding’s long throw into the box before Coventry hit a half-volley wide.
With ten minutes remaining, Burnley looked to have grabbed the decisive winner when sub Tarike Vos’ errant pass failed to find Ogbene. The home team was punished when they found Benson, a left-foot effort that beat Hemfrey’s desperate dive and found the corner of the net.
However, the Millers were not to be outdone and leveled matters again with five minutes remaining.
With Wiles’ introduction from the bench just after the AESSEAL New York stadium was up, Burnley failed to handle the ball into the box and Ogbene picked a tense Kerry to slip the ball home with great composure. . Don’t give Peacock-Farrell a chance.
The Millers even managed to win a few minutes later when Ogbene poked Peacock Farrell’s palm in a snapshot.
Full time: Rotherham United 2 Burnley 2
Rotherham United 2
Team: Rotherham-Vickers (Hemphrey 46), Bramall, Coventry (Wiles 85), Wood, Fugil (Kelly 46), Ogbene, Lindsey, Ferguson (Harding 62), Peltier, Humphries, Kina (Foss 70). Unused – Odophine, Herde.
Burnley – Peacock Farrell, Gudmundsson (Cork 83), Twine (Obafemi 77), Foster (Burns 77), Roberts, Zalowry, Vitinho (Benson 70), Cullen, Al Dakhil, Marzen, Beyer. Unused – Mulic, Harwood Bellis, Bastian, Obafemi.
Referee – R Madrid
Attendance – 10566 (2202)